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Masnières

Masnières
Coat of arms of Masnières
Coat of arms
Masnières is located in France
Masnières
Masnières
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Cambrai
Canton Marcoing
Intercommunality Vacquerie
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Colette Dessaint
Area1 10.97 km2 (4.24 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 2,525
 • Density 230/km2 (600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59389 / 59241
Elevation 54–119 m (177–390 ft)
(avg. 62 m or 203 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Masnières is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.

Heraldry

Arms of Masnières
The arms of Masnières are blazoned:

Azure, an inescutcheon between in orle 11 billets argent. (Ligny-en-Cambrésis, Masnières and Villers-au-Tertre use the same arms.)



History

Masnières figured into the 1917 Battle of Cambrai during which time it was briefly captured by the British on the first day of the battle, November 20, and held for twelve days to protect vital bridgeheads between Masnières and Marcoing before the British withdrawal under the weight of heavy German counter-attack.

The actions of the battle are commemorated in and around Masnières by several Commonwealth War Graves Commission landmarks in and around the town, including:
Masnières Newfoundland Memorial
Masnières British Cemetery
Marcoing British Cemetery

See also

References

  • INSEE commune file


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